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Dec 29, 2011 2:00am PST
>>> we begin tonight with syria and are keeping an honest report. for months the world has witnessed men, will and children, demonstrating in the streets. initially they called for reforms, when those calls were met with arrests and torture and killings, they began to call for overthrow. there's a team of observers from the arab league now on the ground in syria. observers sent in to verify that syria's president, bashar al assad, is keeping his promises to remove military forces from streets, to stop violence against protesters. they've been on the ground for 48 hours and their initial statements are so far stunning. the chief monitor of the arab league observer force is a sudanese military commander mohammed mustafa al dabbi, he's the former head of intelligence in the government of omar basher. a man wanted for crimes against humanity. he told "reuters" that quote things were calm and there were no clashes in homs. he went on to say, the situation seems reassuring so far. he also said, some places looked a bit of a mess, but there was nothing frightening. nothing frighte
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Dec 10, 2011 1:00am PST
. we've seen so many children killed in the last few months in syria. he is not the first and he will not be the last. so many children have been killed in syria, shot by snipers, killed after being arrested by the regime. some have been tortured. so many children have died it risks becoming mundane. a murder that doesn't even make headlines anymore. that should not be. so tonight, we're leading off this broadcast with video of the death of this little boy. now some of you will say we should not show this video. i understand that. it is sickening. it is hard to watch. it is horrific. but we believe what is even more horrific is dying in silence. murder that is then covered up by lies. lies from a dictator who says it isn't happening, a dictator who says we're not pulling the trigger on sniper rifles that kill children. we're not shooting on funerals. he says it's not happening and yet every day, in hundreds of homemade videos, we see it happening. you will see it happening tonight. the little boy's only crime, it seems, was being at home in syria in the middle of a war being waged by
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Dec 28, 2011 5:00pm PST
right now. >>> we begin with syria tonight. for months, we have witnessed the world has witnessed men, women, children, demonstrating the streets. initially they called for reforms. those calls were met with arrests, torture, killing, they began to call for the overthrow of the regime. there has been more bloodshed in syria, and sadly that's nothing new tonight. what is new tonight is there's a team of observers from the arab league on the ground in syria. observers sent to verify that the president has removed military forces from the streets and is no longer attacking protesters. they've been on the ground about 48 hours. their initial statements are so far stunning. the chief monitor of this arab league ober force is a sudden and east commander. not only a commander but also the former head of foreign intelligence in the government of omaral bashir, a man wanted for genocide in crimes against humanity. more on that in a moment. today, the head of the arab league team told reuters that things were calm and there were no clashes which has seen some of the deadliest violence. he said
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Dec 2, 2011 1:00am PST
"marketplace middle east," sanctions on syria, the arab league votes to impose sanctions on syria while neighboring lebanon takes a step back. we speak with the lebanese minister of trade and economy to discuss the impact on his country. >>> and egypt heads to the polls as the country goes to the ballot boxes for the first time since the fall of hosni mubarak. >>> 19 arab league nations voted to impose diplomatic and economic sangs in the government of bashar al assad this week. the sanctions imposed by the arab league banned travel by officials to arab states and freeze their assets in arab states as well. stop league members from doing business with the syrian central bank. it halts trade deals except for strategic products that affect the syrian people, frees syrian government assets and stop financial dealings with the syrian government overall. syrian's foreign minister responded to the arab league sanctions saying they will not have the impact the league intended and said they target ordinary citizens. >> translator: sanctions is a two-way street. what damages us hurts us and will
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Dec 9, 2011 5:00pm PST
know that he will never grow up. we've seen so many children killed in the last few months in syria. he is not the first and he will not be the last. so many children have been killed in syria, shot by snipers, killed after being arrested by the regime. so many children have died it risks becoming mundane. a murder that doesn't even make headlines anymore. that should not be. so tonight we're leading off this broadcast with video of the death of this little boy. now some of you will say we should not show you this video. i understand that. it is sickening. it is hard to watch. it is horrific. but we believe what is even more horrific is dying in silence. murder that is then covered up by lies. lies from a dictator who says it isn't happening, a dictator who says we're not pulling the trigger on sniper rifle that's kill children. we're not shooting on funerals. he says it's not happening and yet every day in hundreds of homemade videos we see it happening. you will see it happening tonight. the little boy's only crime it seems was being at home in syria in the middle of a war being w
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Dec 3, 2011 1:00am PST
what police are saying. >>> also the videos syria's foreign minister passed off with a group of terrorist gangs in the country. turns out the footage isn't even in syria. we're keeping them honest. [ electronic beeping ] [ male announcer ] still getting dandruff? neutrogena® t/gel shampoo defeats dandruff after just one use. t/gel shampoo. it works. neutrogena®. >>> "crime and punishment" tonight, authorities in british columbia believe they may have the youngest serial killer in custody, sitting in jail for more than a year with no trial date in sight. for those who grew up with him he's the most unlikely suspect they can imagine. tom foreman has the story. >> reporter: this is a story that begins and ends near what locals call the highway of tears. with a pickup lurching out of a snowy logging road late at night as an officer of the royal canadian mounted police was passing. he pulled the driver over and suspected poaching, but when authorities followed the vehicle's tracks, they found something in the woods no one expected. least of all doug leslie, who was soon at the scen
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Dec 4, 2011 11:30am PST
sex with him when they were still teenagers. >>> anti-government protesters in syria are getting help from the u.s. government in getting their voices heard. details on that, next. >>> and what do you think were the top stories of the year? we'll look at the leading picks coming up. [ adrianna ] when i grill lobster, i make sure it's a melt in your mouth kind of experience. [ john ] the wood fires up the grill a little bit hotter so you really get a good sear and it locks in the juices. surf & turf -- you can't go wrong. [ male announcer ] don't miss red lobster's surf & turf event. choose from three grilled combinations all under $20. like our maine lobster with peppercorn sirloin or our new bacon-wrapped shrimp with blue cheese sirloin for $14.99. [ adrianna ] i think the guests are going to take a bite and be like "oh, man, this is so awesome." [ john ] i'm grill master john mazany. i'm grill master adrianna hollis. and we sea food differently. >>> overseas today, israeli leaders are concerned about how the historic election in egypt is taking shape. early results from the fir
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Dec 26, 2011 3:00am PST
killed. the international community calling for peace and justice. >>> and city under siege in syria. a bloody christmas sunday as arab league observers go in and try to end the deadly crackdown. >>> and it's like christmas part two. hoping it will be a christmas black morning. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. this is monday, december 26th. i hope some of you are watching from home. >> did you get back from toronto okay? >> i did. boxing day. >> like the black friday of canada. >> right. good shopping. a lot of news right now. >> right. eight days to go m s ts to go ba caucuses, paul steinhauser is live with us in des moines, iowa this morning. hi, paul. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. quiet over the weekend. things pick up today and one week to go until the iowa caucuses. the first contest in the primary caucus calendar. this is a poll that came out friday afternoon. the most recent poll here. people are likely to go to the iowa gop caucuses. three-way traffic jam at the top. ron paul at 21%. mitt romney, former massachusetts governor, 20%. newt gingrich
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Dec 30, 2011 2:00am PST
at the battle in homs, syria. holding soldiers at bay in one neighborhood in homs. we'll hear from the defectors themselves. lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat. let's fight fat with alli. ♪ your new progresso rich & hearty steak burger soup. [ dad ] i love this new soup. it's his two favorite things in one... burgers and soup. did you hear him honey? burgers and soup. love you. they're cute. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> in crime and punishment, a disturbing twist in a story we've been following for a year. tonight police are investigating a link between escort adds placed on a website called backpage.com and three murders in detroit. police suspect a killer may be targeting escorts who have advertised online with that website. backpage.com reportedly takes in tens of millions of dollars each career for its online ads for adult service and some of those ads have been linked to sex crimes, including child prostitution. officials at the website told us they are vigilant about monitoring the ads and promptly report potential abuses to th
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Dec 23, 2011 7:00pm PST
family is from syria. i never thought i would see a dictator taken down by the power of street protests. in egypt, it's freer. the press can travel to cairo and report. i have come to love that country and the people in egypt, i truly have over the several years i spent reporting there. so, it's almost, i almost -- it's almost like wishing family well when you know a country intimately in a way i have grown to know egypt. >> i spent time there, our fellow colleagues had a chance to see the chapter. back with hala, ivan, nic, arwa and ben. you live in cairo, your family was there. the same time this was all happening, you are concerned about your family and their well-being. >> i was completely split, ripped in two. on one hand, i wanted to cover the resolution. my neighborhood was an armed camp. my neighbors put barricades on the roads. they pulled out weapons i didn't know they had. shotguns, machine guns, samurai swords. my 17-year-old son was out with a baseball bat and our german shepherd. we live in a nice neighborhood surrounded by slums. >> we snuck from the hotel to the
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Dec 7, 2011 5:00pm PST
child his own security forces abducted, tortured, and murdered. syria's strongman, bashar al assad, rules just like his father did, by intimidation and brutality so complete that no one is safe, not even children. before you hear what assad is now saying about hamza, you should see what became of this little boy. but it's tough to take. this is what his body looked like when they returned him to his parents. there are burn marks over his body, signs of beatings, his genitals are mutilated. this is a 13-year-old boy, taken off the streets, held for over a month, defiled, and dumped on his terrorized family. i want you to hear what bashar al assad said when asked by nbc's barbara walters about hamza. a portion of the interview airing today on "good morning america". >> you have seen these pictures, have you not? >> no, but i -- >> is this news to you? >> no, no, it's not news. i met with his father, with the father of that child. and he said that he wasn't tortured. >> he's saying in so many words, who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes? a pathologist attributed this to
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Dec 12, 2011 8:00am PST
-assad in syria. lebanon is the only country that refuses to go along with the rest of the arab world, arab league in condemning and impositions sanctions for what it's doing against peaceful protesters throughout the country. these are very worrying signs and a lot of officials and outside experts are very worried about where this direction, where this iraqi government is going. we'll hear some reassuring words, i'm sure, from nuri al-maliki in this joint news conference with the president, but what he says will be significant. what he does in the coming weeks and months will obviously be so much more important. >> wolf, we'll get to you in a minute. i want to bring in arla who's out of baghdad. he talks about nuri al-maliki and this becoming more of a stable place, at least that's what the prime minister has said. what is life like for the iraqis now? >> reporter: suzanne, it's utterly heart breaking and incredibly difficult. iraqis, especially those in the capital baghdad hardly have a normal life. for them it has become normal. this is a city of blast walls, check points. they sti
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Dec 29, 2011 3:00am PST
on the streets. journalists get a look at the violence syria doesn't want you to see. >>> it is amazing to me how this guy has been shot this many times. i mean, he's superman. i have been shot three times. my fingers have bullet holes. >> did you hear had a? part man, part terminator. shot three times in a robbery. a marine pulls out the bullets with his own hands. and now he's talking about it from his hospital bed on this "american morning." >>> good morning, everyone. it is thursday, december 29. this is "american morning." a lot going on today. let's get right to it. >> that's right. good morning, everybody. glad you are with us. i'm alina cho. up first, dramatic shift in the political landscape with five days to go before the iowa caucuses. just look at this brand-new c cnn/"time" poll. mitt romney on top in iowa now. followed closely by ron paul. newt gingrich plunging and rick santorum suddenly rolling right to the top three. gingrich now 11 points behind romney. he's dropped 19 points in less than a month. after gingrich called on romney, again, to debate one-on-one the
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Dec 27, 2011 6:00am PST
from the arab league is now on the ground in syria. they're in the city of homs among other places to see if the government has ended its crackdown on protesters. before the group arrived, our sources in homs say that military forces left their positions. this is to comply with an arab league demand that the military withdraw from city centers. thousands of protesters rallied against the regime. take a look at some of these images from homs today. so, still some violence and just today an opposition group reports four people dead in homs. 13 total throughout the country. mohammed is monitoring the story. we have. >>> been allowed back into syria. i have to ask you about these witnesses saying the military was seen withdrawing from homs once the monitors came in. people say once the monitors leave, the tanks will roll right back into homs. >> that is certainly the fear at this hour, hala. the activists we have been speaking with many say that the government, not that they withdrew the tanks but they hid them in government buildings very close to where crackdown husband been going on an
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Dec 28, 2011 10:00pm PST
. here's "ac 360." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin tonight with syria and our keeping them honest. for months, we have witnessed the world has witnessed men, women, children, demonstrating the streets. initially they called for reforms. when those calls were met with arrests, torture, and killing they began to call for the overthrow of the regime. well, there's been more bloodshed in syria and sadly that's nothing new. but what is new tonight is there's a team of observers from the arab league now on the ground in syria. observers sent to verify that syria's president al assad is keeping his promises to remove military forces from streets, to stop violence against protesters. they've been on the ground about 48 hours. and their initial statements are so far stunning. the chief monitor of this arab league observer force is a sudanese military commander named lieutenant general mohammed ahmed mustafa al dhabi. not only is he a sudanese military commander, he's also the former head of foreign intelligence in the government of omar al bashir, the man now wanted by the inte
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Dec 23, 2011 6:00am PST
mission that's coming in next week to try to end the violence in syria and that they've also witnessed the scene of the attack. no death toll and no casualty toll at this stage. syrian state television saying numerous people were injured and killed in these attacks. opposition figures in syria saying the regime is lying suggesting it's awfully convenient that these attacks come just one day after these members of the arab league have arrived and it really fits the narrative that the regime has been trying to say that they're fighting terrorism there and not trying to talk about the crackdown that's been going on against peaceful protesters. in the meantime, protests going on in several provinces and cities across syria. that's according to opposition protesters. protesters carrying signs mocking the protocol of blood, the protocol signed by the arab league and the syrian government for observers to go in and try to halt the violence. the protesters and activists say they believe this is just a stalling tactic and that the president of syria does not plan to stop his brutal cr
CNN
Dec 27, 2011 2:00am PST
are the videos coming out of syria tonight. reportedly showing tanks, snipers and artillery units pounding away at neighborhoods surrounding by thousands of troops. while observes of the arab league are arriving in damascus to verify beshear al assad is keeping his promise to dial back the violence, start talks with the opposition and let aide workers lend a hand. >>> before showing this next video i really do want to warn you it is very hard to watch. you may want to turn away. it underscores the sharp contrast between the two different versions of what is going on here. this is video claiming to show the aftermath of an artillery strike today on the city of hanms. there are more than just the one body you see here. it's too gori y to show. take a look. [ gunfire ] >> these are streets of a neighborhood. the gunfire in homs is reportedly nonstop now. some witnesses say it seems as if government troops are basically racing to wit out the opposition before observing can arrive. the worst appears to be happening in baba amr southwest of the central part of homs. it's not clear wheth
CNN
Dec 26, 2011 7:00pm PST
allowed in, these are the videos coming out of syria tonight, reportedly showing tanks, snipers and artillery units pounding away at neighborhoods, surrounded by thousands of troops, all this while simultaneously observers from the arab league are arriving in damascus to verify that president bashar al assad is keeping his promise to dial back the violence, start talks with the opposition and let aid workers lend a hand. before showing this next video, i really do want to warn you, it is very hard to watch. you may want to turn away but it underscores the sharp contrast between the two different versions of what is going on here. this is video claiming to show the aftermath of an artillery strike today on the city of homs. there are more than just the one body you see here, but it's simply too gory to show. as always, we cannot independently confirm the facts of this video because the syrian regime will not let us see for ourselves, but take a look. [ gunfire ] >> these are the streets of a neighborhood. the gunfire in homs is reportedly non-stop now. some witnesses say it seems as
CNN
Dec 30, 2011 7:00pm PST
death is for movies, you think that death is more dramatic than it is. in syria people die everyday shot in their homes, shot on the stre street, and killed in detention. people die and the world does not stop. some may mourn, but the world keeps spinning. he died as he lived with the camera in his hand, and like so many of his other videos, this, too, was posted on youtube. that is him in the body bag, and the family and the friends mourning him. in a country where the truth is as ugly as these pictures and silence is enforced under penalty of death. the only answer dangerous as it can obviously be is showing the pictures and breaking the silence and trying to tell the truth. he lived and died trying to do that. he was murdered in a city that the assad regime prolsed to pull the troops out, but instead has put snipers on the rooftops and kept the tanks in the streets. this is how it looked today as seen by one of his fellow journalists and posted on youtube. [ gunshots and yelling ] >> opposition members say at least 35 people lost their lives today in demonstrations across syria.
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Dec 26, 2011 10:00am PST
arab league is due in syria today. it is supposed to observe, and therefore, discourage the government's brutal crackdown on its own people. a crackdown that seems to be in full force despite a promise to the arab league just last week. this is amateur video reportedly from the flash point city of homs. the opposition says 22 people have been killed here today alone. >>> the global intelligence website stratfor is still down after hackers stole thousands of client names. a group called anonymous says it has no brief with stratfor who it considers an unbiased source for information. >> stratfor is in the business of providing geopolitical information the way the sort of state department does about political climate, on a very granular realtime basis. both to the general public in a more broadway an more specifically in their e-mails that people pay for. so in a sense they are in the security business, so that makes them kind of a ripe target for headline purposes, i guess. >> stratfor says it is diligently investigating the breach. >>> it is boxing day in britain, an annual h
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Dec 29, 2011 8:00am PST
demonstrate. >> the arab league tells cnn it has 75 monitors in syria and more are expected in the coming days. >>> somber music played over loud speakers as thousands gathered to memorialize north korea's kim jong il for a second day at pyongyang. a state orchestrated ceremony once again proclaimed his 20 something son kim jong un the supreme leader. kim ruled the secretive nation for 17 years. he reportedly died of a heart attack two weeks ago. >>> the u.s. is warning iran not to disrupt a key oil shipping channel. the obama administration describes iran's threat to block the strait of hormuz as saber rattling. the administration says it will do what it must to keep the strait open. >>> in 200915 million barrels of oil passed through the strait every day. any disruption could affect how much you pay for gasoline. >>> there may be criminal charges in the country's worst offshore oil disaster. the spill killed 11 workers in the gulf of mexico. now "the wall street journal" reports prosecutors are preparing a case against some bp employees. charges could include providing false info
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Dec 30, 2011 8:00am PST
attack ads against gingrich. >>> crowds defy danger and took to the streets in syria today. opposition groups call the rallies the crawl to freedom square. they urge demonstrators to defy sniper attacks to make their way to public gathering places. the opposition says 32 people were killed by security forces today. the uprising has prompted some soldiers to defect. >> translator: we got the orders in the army that went against my oath as a soldier. i had sworn to protect civilians, but when i saw what the government forces were doing to the people, i defected. >>> they say there will be no change in policy despite the death of kim jong il now replaced by his son. the state-run news agency put out a statement saying north koreans are insulted south korea didn't allow more people to attend kim's funeral. it says, the tears they shed will turn into a, quote, roar of revenge. >>> police in egypt stormed the offices of ten human rights and pro-democracy groups, some of which are u.s. funded. they took computers, other he electronics. the egyptian prosecutor's office says it's part of an ill
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Dec 12, 2011 7:00pm PST
? james carville and rich galen are here. >>> also, the clearest signs yet of the brutality in syria. gunshots at a funeral. the family burying their son. you saw where he died on friday. the same regime that murdered their child apparently opened fire on them today. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of a pain free holiday. ♪ this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. when you're a sports photographer, things can get out of control pretty quickly. so i like control in the rest of my life... especially my finances. that's why i have slate, with blueprint. i can make a plan to pay off big stuff faster... or avoid interest on everyday things. that saves me money. with slate from chase, i'm always in control. financially, anyway. get slate with blueprint and save money. call 855-get-slate today. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 there are atm fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 account service fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 and the most dreaded fees of all, hidden fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 at charles schwab, you won't pay fees on top of fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no mo
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Dec 23, 2011 8:00am PST
with this tax cut deal. 12:15 eastern you will see it right here. >>> let's go to syria where two suicide car bombs ripped through the capitol there. look. these bomgs exploded back to back outside heavily guarded intelligence buildings. the blasts came one day after an arab league team arrived to monitor the government's promise to end its crackdown on protesters. the government blames the bombings on terrorists but opposition sources say the president was behind these attacks. >>> duling demonstrations underway in egypt. the scene in tahrir square, you're seeing there protesters are demanding that the ruling military council transfer power to civilians. they're outraged over this week's brutal crackdown. >>> elsewhere in cairo hundreds of pro-military demonstrators gathered to voice their support for the ruling party. >>> reversal today from north korea north korea as it prepares for the funeral of its dear leader, kim jong il. it says it will accept private condolence delegations from south korea. the two countries technically are still at war. earlier in the week the secretive
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Dec 12, 2011 1:00pm PST
iraq. and i believe them. >> now, syria is also another concern. the iraqi government has not been as forceful in criticizing the violent crack down. the prime minister saying he doesn't believe he has the right it call the president to step down. mr. obama was asked about this. he described their differences as tactical and he said that he believes the prime minister is doing what he thinks is bet for the people of iraq. wolf? >> that's pretty shocking when you think about it, dan. the only countries in the arab league in lebanon, which obviously hezbollah has close ties with syria and iraq, all of the other members basically are with the u.s. europeans, rest of the world, in condemning him. but malachi in baghdad refusing to do so. we will discuss what is going on in our next hour. also, i write about this on my blog today. >>> let's go to jack cafferty right now. he's got the cafferty file. jack? >> not exactly breaking news, but americans are fed up with congress. really, really fed up. a new gal yum poll shows incumbents are highest they have been in years. 76% p of voters say th
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Dec 7, 2011 3:00pm PST
denial of the situation in syria, all in reaction to his performance in that abc news interview when he denied ever ordering syrian security forces to punish anti-government demonstrators in which he claimed loss enjoy much of the support of the syrian population and in which he also claimed that syrian loyalists to the government were making up the bulk of the more than 40,000 people that have been killed since anti-government protests began last march. now, amid this chorus of criticism and the growing number of former syrian allies, the arab league, turkey, here, former close political allies that have now imposed sanctions against the syrian government, there is a strong show of support this week from the powerful lebanese shiite movement, hezbollah, where its leader, stood strongly by bashar al assad in a speech he gave in beirut tuesday. meanwhile the bloodletting has not stopped inside syria. fighting raging along the turkish/syrian border according to news sources, the syrian state news agency, and the anti-government militia known as the free syrian army. back to you, john. >>
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Dec 28, 2011 4:00pm PST
is a student from syria. >> living here alone, i never feel unsafe, uncomfortable of living here. >> reporter: even the ruler still walks without a security detail. dubai is diverse. 85% of the people who live here are and people from 200 countries pass through so far, though, there's been no suicide in the city. >> are you worried that extremists, someone would want to target with a terrorist act, women can wear bic kind knees in the middle east? >> that has not been a problem for us. they are living together and have an interest to come here so they work and sent home some money and they don't want to. >> reporter: he begins his day at his horse ranch about an hour from dubai. >> the horse and dog is part of our life. >> reporter: in the summer, it's about 120 degrees farenheit. but on a december day we visited, it was about 80. perfect weather to watch emirati governing in action. it's called when they have a chance to directly petition for more land to liver transplants. >> anybody and everybody can come to their ruler and say, well, i didn't get that or that or this departme
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Dec 12, 2011 10:00am PST
their holiday recess. >>> tonight is the deadline reportedly set by syria for anti-government protesters in the city of hom to get back in line or else. an opposition group called the free syrian army fears a massacre if residents fail to turn in their weapons and give up military defectors as damascus is demanding. activists say security forces have killed 20 people nationwide today alone. officials haven't publicly acknowledged the deadline and have denied opposition claims that the city's being cut off from water, electricity and food. >>> as we just heard, live from the courthouse, the u.s. and iraq are marking an honorable end to an arduous war. president obama hosted iraqi prime minister nuri al maliki 19 days before the last american troops are due to be gone from iraqi soil. the president says it is time to honor sacrifices borne by troops and civilians of both nations and to start a normal relationship based on respect. >> today only several thousand troops remain there and more are coming home every day. this is the season of home comings and military families across america ar
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Dec 31, 2011 1:00pm PST
say. >>> and quite the opposite in syria. huge protest crowds are turning out across the country again today. and the death toll has grown. earlier today an activist network reported nine deaths in clashes with security forces. it has now changed the number of dead to at least 13. the united nations says more than 5,000 syrians have died since mid march. two opposition groups have reached a deal on a plan for democracy in case syria's president steps down. >>> back in this country, a magnitude 4.0 earthquake has rattled ohio near the urban centers of youngstown and warren. this same area has been the center of a lot of controversy over fracking, a method of getting natural gas out of shale rock. critics worry it could cause earthquakes and other damage. >>> and customers complained and verizon listened. the country's largest mobile phone provider is scrapping its $2 fee for customers to make a one-time bill payment. the movement sparked outrage from thousands of verizon customers for having to pay a fee to pay their bill. >>> and the new year will mean new lives for entertainers,
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Dec 2, 2011 10:00pm PST
. >>> also the videos syria's foreign minister passed off with a group of terrorist gangs in the country. turns out the footage isn't even in syria. we're keeping them honest. ♪ ♪ ♪ when the things that you need ♪ ♪ come at just the right speed, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ medicine that can't wait legal briefs there by eight, ♪ ♪ that's logistics. ♪ ♪ freight for you, box for me box that keeps you healthy, ♪ ♪ that's logistics. ♪ ♪ saving time, cutting stress, when you use ups ♪ ♪ that's logistics. ♪ i'm an expert on softball. and tea parties. i'll have more awkward conversations than i'm equipped for because i'm raising two girls on my own. i'll worry about the economy more than a few times before they're grown. but it's for them, so i've found a way. who matters most to you says the most about you. massmutual is owned by our policyholders so they matter most to us. massmutual. we'll help you get there. is all the wrapping a gift needs. wait a minute...i... [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] the lexus december to remember sales event is here, but only for a limi
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Dec 12, 2011 5:00pm PST
the brutality in syria. gunshots at a funeral. the family burying their son. you saw where he died on friday. the same regime that murdered their child apparently opened fire on them today. [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thank you card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? we talked about getting a diamond. but with all the thank you points i've been earning... ♪ ...i flew us to the rock i really had in mind. ♪ [ male announcer ] the citi thank you card. earn points you can use for travel on any airline, with no blackout dates. you know, typical alarm clock. i am so glad to get rid of it. just to be able to wake up in the morning on your own. that's a big accomplishment to me. i don't know how much money i need. but i know that whatever i have that's what i'm going to live within. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of a pain free holiday. ♪ this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> a lot of big developments to talk about
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Dec 28, 2011 6:00am PST
aren't seeing anything frightening in the streets of homs or other parts of syria. of course, this is raising some eyebrows saying there are only ten of you in each hot spot and you are being acompacompanied be syrian government. >> that's right, hala. we were told observers would fan out to other citiy ies and we hd that in hama there were protests and clashes earlier in the day. now, we're being told, in fact, those visits were postponed for logistical reasons and causing more concerns among the activists and many of them are really convinced that what the syrian government is showing these observers is just a charade. it's not the real picture of what's going on there in syria right now. we heard yesterday that while observers were in the city activists and residents said crackdowns were still going on and thousands of protesters that were in places in the neighborhood there being fired upon with live ammunition and tear gas trying to disperse the crowd. when we spoke to arab league monitors earlier today and asked them, they said, you know, reports being written up and being deliv
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Dec 26, 2011 6:00am PST
later with more. >>> we'll take a break now. a team of outside observers heads to syria today. activists say they could find scenes like this. this is as reports of more bloodshed, violence, and part of an entire city is under siege. we're talking about it in a few minutes. >>> and we'll show you a post office hit on christmas day with fire, graffiti, and bullets. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. lord of the carry-on. sovereign of the security line. you never take an upgrade for granted. and you rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a full-size or above. and still pay the mid-size price. i deserve this. [ male announcer ] you do, business pro. you do. go national. go like a pro. >>> an activist in syria says snipers in some parts of the country are shooting at, quote, anything and everything, as video shows tanks rolling through the streets of homs, one of the flashpoint areas if that country in the anti-regime movement. it's all part of a renewed government crackdown opposition sources say
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Dec 30, 2011 6:00am PST
funeral ceremonies. >>> let's take you to syria now. a significant day. huge anti-government protests are erupting across the country along with more reports of violence. at least eight protesters reportedly killed today. we have no way of confirming that independently. outside journalists are still banned from syria. you're seeing there some images from homs today. people are feeling emboldened, we're hearing. they're going out on hundreds of thousands. because international journalists are barred from syria, it makes this next piece of video all the more fascinating. cnn has obtained exclusive video of the battle in homs between government security forces and troops who have defected. our reporter there needs to remain anonymous. take a look. >> the neighborhood of homs. fighters took me into a house where their men were engaged with a shootout with snipers from the syrian military. these men say they're allfectors and they call themselves the free syrian army. one of the men managed to take rifle with a position scope with him when he defected. but most of the fighters from the fre
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Dec 29, 2011 7:00pm PST
the battle of homs, syria. the syrian army holding soldiers at bay in one neighborhood in homs. we'll hear from them. ♪ sing polly wolly doodle all the day ♪ ♪ hah >>> in crime and punishment, a twist in a story we have been following more than a year. police are investigating escort ads placed on backpage.com and three murders in detroit. police suspect a killer may be targeting escorts advertising online with that website. backpage.com takes in tens of millions of dollars each year for ads for adults. some are linked to sex crimes including child prostitution. officials say they are vigilent about monitoring the content of their ads and report abuses to the national center for exploited children. criminals use these websites as a tool to target victims. take a look. four women found dead in less than a week. bodies stuffed in the trunks of cars. police will not say if it's the work of a serial killer. three of the victims posted escort ads on backpage.com. >> with the vast increase in the use of social media, we have to be vigilant. >> the first two victims were found in a car
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Dec 29, 2011 10:00pm PST
backing down on the content. >>> later, our exclusive look inside the battle of homs, syria. the syrian army holding soldiers at bay in one neighborhood in homs. we'll hear from them. nyquil (stuffy): hey, tylenol. you know we're kinda like twins. tylenol: we are? nyquil (stuffy): yeah, we both relieve coughs, sneezing, aches, fevers. tylenol: and i relieve nasal congestion. nyquil (stuffy): overachiever. anncr vo: tylenol cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion... nyquil cold & flu doesn't. here you go. driver's license. past five years' tax returns. high school report cards. and i'm gonna need to see a receipt for that watch you're wearing. you know, you really should provide us with a checklist of documents we're gonna need up front. who do you think i am? quicken loans? at quicken loans, we provide a checklist of the mortgage documents you'll need up front. it helps keep you in the know every step of the way. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. >>> in crime and punishment, a twist in a story we have been following more than a year. police are investigat
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Dec 27, 2011 12:00pm PST
appreciate it. thank you so much. >>> all right. straight to reporter roulette. we're watching syria where violence continued today despite arrival of an observer mission from the pentagon. also watching pakistan where the government has a problem with the u.s. military's version of a mistaken air strike. and wait until you see the dreadful weather about to smash into the entire east coast. we're in the cnn severe weather center for all of that. welcome to you all. first to cairo and cnn's mohammed jamjoom. the arab league fact-finding mission went to work today in syria. tell us what you know about where they went and what they're seeing. >> reporter: isha, we heard today they went to the city of homs where we heard reports of increasing violence, deaths and injuries the past few days. there were videos purporting to show members of the arab league in homs today. one video purports to show the head of the mission being shown remnants of weapons there by residents in the city. another video purports to show the members of the delegation there with residents of homs basically saying t
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Dec 25, 2011 4:00pm PST
middle east, and in the time i've spent going back and forth to the middle east, my family is from syria. i never thought that i'd see a dictator taken down by the tower of street protests. in egypt, it's freer. the press can travel to cairo and report, and i've come to love that country and the people in egypt. i truly have, over the several years i've spent reporting in there. so it's almost a -- i almost -- it's almost like wishing family well, when you know a can country intimately, in the way that i feel like i've grown to know egypt. >> hala gorani and the transformation in egypt. i spent time there at the height of uprising, but hala and her colleagues had a chance to see every chapter before and since. ben, you live in cairo. your family was there. at the same time all of this was happening, you're also concerned about your family and their well-being? >> i was completely split, ripped in two. because on the one hand, i wanted to cover the revolution. on the other, my neighborhood became an armed camp. you know, my neighbors put barricades, barriers on the roads. they pulled out
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Dec 5, 2011 4:00pm PST
have the situation most importantly in syria. syria right now, the regime there, an important member of the iranian axis is the verge of collapse. >> teetering. >> if the regime collapses and changes over there, that's a major breach in their front line. >> robin, is it going to get worse? how much worse? there's people saying america is going to be forced to intervene in some way militarily in iran. >> on the military side that remains to be seen. the big concern, of course, as you said is the effect on oil prices and what effect any attack on iran will have there. we're seeing oil prices rising in response to the tensions and also in response to the sanctions at the u.s. and europeans are trying to impose on iranian oil. >> america has tried to make the point, hey, rest of the world, europe, china get on board with us and stop buying iranian oil. technically that's a difficult thing to do. even if it happened, it might have an adverse effect, and that would be there's less oil on the market and the oil is worth more. pump prices in america go up. how much? >> this is a huge problem
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Dec 24, 2011 10:00pm PST
and forth to the middle east, my family is from syria. i never thought that i'd see a dictator taken down by the tower of street protests. in egypt, it's freer, the press can travel to cairo and report. and i've come to love that country and the people in egypt. i truly have over the several years i've spent reporting from there. so it's almost -- i almost -- it's almost like wishing family well when you know a country intimately in the way that i feel like i've grown to know egypt. >> the transformation in egypt. i spent time there at the height of the uprising. but fellow colleagues had the opportunity to see every chapter before and after since. you live in cairo. so at the same time all of this was happening, you're concerned about your family and their well being? >> no, i was completely split. ripped in two. on the one hand, i wanted to cover the revolution. but on the other hand, my neighborhood became an armed camp. they pulled out weapons i didn't know they had, shotguns, machine guns, samurai swords. and even my 17-year-old son was out there every night with a baseball bat
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Dec 29, 2011 5:00pm PST
foodsafety.gov. >>> up close on syria. an arab league fact finding mission. some activists say it was a ploy to buy time. the mission's leader is a military commander in sudan and was head of foreign intelligence in sudan. the government is accused of genocide in drafour. in every city, they reported more deaths, at least 35 people in all. this amateur video, let's take a look. this amateur video showed soldiers firing at protesters in a suburb of damascus. you can hear them chanting "god is great." it's impossible to verify the video. they won't allow international journalists inside the country. one reporter got in. he snuck into the oppositions stronghold. we are not revealing his name for his own safety. he hopes to go back. tonight, we have more video. they are no longer willing to shoot and kill their own people. >> reporter: the neighborhood fighters took me into a house where their men were engaged in a shoot out from snipers with the military. these men say they are from forces. they call themselves the free syrian army. one of the men managed to take a rifle with a precision s
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Dec 21, 2011 10:00am PST
trekking. today we start in syria. what they call horrific massacres this week and calling on the u.n. security council to help protect civilians. we cannot ind penitently confirm the allegations. >> the japanese government and tokyo electric power company have unveiled a plan to decommission the damaged puck shee -- puthe plant was badly damaged from the earthquake and tsunami that hit in march. that disaster killed 15,000 and displaced another 80,000 who lived within a large radius from the plant. >>> and this piece of art work was stolen. this was displayed for more than 40 years and valued at more than $750,000. the piece was probably stolen to be sold as scrap metal for a few hundred bucks. it follows the surge in demand for copper leaving thieves to rob even war memorials. >> and this is the same charity princess diana supported. in 2009 he spent a night among the homeless during an event. bill clinton has said he didn't want to spend the remainder of his days wishing he was still president. we will hear from him in his own words about why life in the white house is better than
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Dec 21, 2011 8:00pm PST
this past week. >>> now to syria where the main opposition group is accusing president al assad's regime of committing brutal massacres this week. 250 people have been killed in a 48-hour period. we're following the story from abu dhabi. what is the international community doing in response to this violence? >> erin, the head of the arab league asked the syrian regime to stop violence immediately and facilitate the mission of the observers expected to visit syria within days. on the other hand, france said that the violence in syria is alarming and said that the government should end this murderous spiral. into which assad is dragging his people. the opposition has called the u.n. secure council to meet immediately and find ways to protect civilians. erin? >> thank you. now a girl in mairn vanishes and police expanded their search for her. ayla reynolds disappeared friday. he was last seen wearing green pajamas with white polka dots and had a cast on her arm from a recent fall. chris is covering the story from waterville, maine. 165 leads have come insofar. where have they focuses
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